How to use the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls Database

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Matthew Christian | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 23 2020 1:47 PM

In terms of published editions such as Cross' which was what was discussed in the post I responded to, my statements hold true. In terms of the logos data sets, that is totally different and based most likely off the work of Abegg (just a guess). And it is not an "idea" what I said about NA28, it is accurate. That published text is a compilation of manuscripts through and through. It is great scholarship, but not a "real" text- Something I brought up as it is pertinent to the discussion of editions etc.

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Jose Luis Quiroga | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 10:23 AM

Matthew Christian:
Ironically, no one asks for that info from the Greek NT

No so much because it is very different to translate from this: https://digi.vatlib.it/view/MSS_Vat.gr.1209 

or this: http://codexsinaiticus.org/en/manuscript.aspx?book=33

Where about 99.9 % of the text exists and is readable, and then compare to this: https://biblehub.com/text/matthew/1-1.htm

Than to "translate" from this: https://www.deadseascrolls.org.il/explore-the-archive/manuscript/4Q51-2?locale=en_US

Where about 0.9 % of the text exists and is readable and then "trust" this: http://dssenglishbible.com/scroll4Q51.htm

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Matthew Christian | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 26 2020 2:22 PM

We are saying two totally different things. You are looking at editions and manuscripts that have no relation to each other. I am saying that in order for a scholar to present ALL variants in a manuscript text they are publishing, that would be a lot of data, especially on fragmentary datum. That is my only point. I can honestly just go to the Leon levy data base for free and look at the plates myself of the DSS. Almost every fragment and manuscript is present in high resolution scans. If you really don't trust the work presented, that is your best bet. Alot of these guys have been publishing on these scrolls since 1946. The Discoveries in the Judean Desert series has most of the documents and is considered the editio precepts and can also be consulted, all published by the major DSS scholars, Abegg, Cross, Friedman, De Veux etc. As far as Logos having these variants you are concerned about, they get a e text from an editor and publisher, and make it available. They are not typically responsible for creating or offering that data. If they did, it would be an original work and they would need to do everything from the ground up, which would be a much more expensive task. The data base here is based on original work and is very fine scholarship. 

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